I trekked my family over to the Barbican to see The Japanese House: Architecture and Life after 1945 – always a tall ask when my children’s first choice over half term would be the Science Museum or when I am particularly persuasive, the V&A. But bribed with food and lots of ‘this will be so much fun’ we arrived and this exhibition did not disappoint. Even the children wandered happily from one room or space to another, no bribes needed. Its a wonderful, ambitious and fascinating space – The Moriyama House, designed by Ryue Nishizawa for the ‘enigmatic urban hermit’ Yasuo Moriyama. There are ten fully furnished rooms and maze gardens, as well as photography and architectural models exploring different concepts of Japanese architecture. The attention to detail and pared back design aesthetic is worth a visit alone. Go if you can!











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